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Ryan O'Shaughnessy's hit ballad takes Ireland to Eurovision final


Ballad: Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Ballad: Ryan O’Shaughnessy

Ballad: Ryan O’Shaughnessy

The Republic has made it through to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest - for the first time since 2013.

Former Britain's Got Talent star Ryan O'Shaughnessy (25) succeeded in getting through to the next stage after singing his ballad Together, about the end of a love affair, at the semi-final in Lisbon.

The UK, as one of the 'Big Five' countries, is already assured a place in Saturday's grand final.

With seven victories, Ireland is the most successful country at the contest, but finished in last place at the final in 2013.

Israel also made it through and led the way with an eccentric performance by Netta Barzilai "clucking like a chicken".

Belfast Telegraph